Justice of the Peace 5-1

East Dallas Government Center – 3443 St. Francis Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75228
(214) 943-6980 Main • (214) 943-2871 Fax
Office E-mail: JP51Court@dallascounty.org
Hours of Operation 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday
Se Habla Español

NEW CIVIL COURT COST EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015

HB 2302 imposes a new $10 fee on all civil action or proceedings including counterclaims, cross-action, interpleader, and appeals. Most court costs/fees go into effect on January 1 the next year, but there is hidden language in this bill which states that 51.607 of the Government Code does NOT apply to this fee, and therefore, it shall be collected starting on the effective date of the bill, which is September 1, 2013.


The Justice of the Peace Courts in Dallas County hear thousands of cases each year and millions of dollars in fines and costs are collected that benefit the taxpayers of Dallas County and the State of Texas.

Judge Mazrtinez

Judge Martinez

Judge Martinez was elected in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California School of Law.

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, Judge Martinez is the youngest of six children. As the daughter of migrant farmworkers, she learned the value of hard work and the importance of education.

Prior to her election, Judge Martinez ran a successful solo law practice in the areas of criminal and family law. She also served as a Dallas County Public Defender. She currently resides in Oak Cliff.

Judge Martinez presides over evictions, small claims, debt claims, and traffic matters.